Nkomo family fumes over 'delayed' statue

THE family of the late Vice President Joshua Nkomo has described government as a “dead donkey” accusing it of delaying the erection of a statue in the capital honouring the former liberation struggle stalwart.

The much-loved Nkomo who died on July 1, 1999 had a statue built in Bulawayo as well as having a road and airport named after him in the same city.

However, his family is miffed by what it said were “inexplicable” delays in constructing another statue in the capital city, despite a commitment to do so by the then president Robert Mugabe’s government.

“No information about that project so far…there is no progress on plans to erect the late vice president’s statue in Harare.
“There is no communication whatsoever from anyone, particularly from government.

“The wheels of this government grind slowly. We need to go forward on a lot of current issues,” Nkomo’s son Sibangilizwe told the Daily News.

“Unfortunately, a dead donkey will not take us anywhere. The current political situation is not favourable. Everyone is not happy with this current administration.
“I doubt it very much that the current government is better (than the Mugabe administration)… it has not done anything to honour the late vice president,” Sibangilizwe railed.

In 2011, the Mugabe-led government said it had plans to build a statue at Karigamombe Centre but it was stopped by the Nkomo family and other critics who felt the choice of the venue was “inappropriate”.
Karigamombe when loosely translated means one who brings down the bull or cow.

Incidentally, PF Zapu which Nkomo led before signing a unity accord with Zanu PF in December 1987 used a bull as its party symbol while his own surname means cows in SiNdebele.
Civic groups were also not happy with the plans after it emerged that government had wanted North Koreans to build the statue.
North Korea trained members of the 5th Brigade, a specialised army unit accused of killing more than 20 000 civilians in Matabeleland and Midlands during the Gukurahundi era in the early and mid-1980s.

Government honoured the late liberation icon with a “life-size” statue in Bulawayo which was unveiled in December 2013
Yesterday, the Dumiso Dabengwa-led Zapu accused President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s government of lacking political will to erect Nkomo’s statue in the capital.

“There is lack of political will and perpetuation of a tribal narrative that’s always been Zanu PF’s ideological foundation.
“Zanu PF cannot allow them to expose the people of the northern side of Zimbabwe to Nkomo’s legacy because Mugabe mischievously gave a misleading narrative of who Nkomo was.
“All Zanu PF pretenders are afraid of being dwarfed by the towering legacy of ... Nkomo both as a liberation hero and a nationalist leader.
“That’s the same reason the Zanu PF government has sabotaged the Ekusileni Medical Centre,” said Zapu spokesperson Iphithule Maphosa.

“By erecting the statue in Harare more and more Zimbabweans will dig into history and discover who Nkomo really was and the tribal dictators in Harare can’t afford that as it will expose their lies being taught in schools disguised as history,” he added.

    Comments (9)

    Seriously? All they are worried about is a statue. Thought there are other things to worry about involving Nkomo than that statue.

    Inyika - 18 March 2019

    Byo is enough. Sokufunekala esika Mzilikazi , Lobengula lo Matshobana....mina ngilungisa esithombe sabantu abathathu amasosha lamabhiza abalomkhonto lamabhetshu....us$10Mn statue. Kangikholwa ukuthi singathaba isithombe sika Mugabe singafakwa ko Bulawayo , into lezi zi regional , simele siye kozvimba lase harare.

    Royal regiment e Matobo. - 18 March 2019

    Surely, 'Nkomo' does not translate to cows but cattle the writer of this article is being mischievous. That Dr Nkomo is a liberation doyen, a father of the nation is cast in iron, uMdala would definitely have rather preferred citizenry's wellness first before erecting a statue under current dire economic situation. I think Nkomo's legacy is best saved/hounored if all Zimbabweans could benefit from intended fruits of Independence. His family could assist greatly in providing more history and getting many books written about Nkomo during and after the liberation struggle. And many others as right now it seems ONLY zanupf cadres lead by RGM fought and liberated this nation from colonial 'chains'

    Sinyo - 18 March 2019

    Imali iqakathekile....unkomo ngokwakhe noma efile uyavusa isibhedlela sakhe , us$5Mn a year. Kumele kube lo Maneja le team yakhe abayenza lo msebenzi hadhi i family. Abantu abamnyama sibukhali hiyo i nkinga.

    Ceremonial Regiment - 18 March 2019

    Umgwaqo lowo le airport yakhona , kumele kulungiswe kahle , i mean , kalikaqali.

    Matopo Natural Water Farm - 18 March 2019

    I trust ka Babu nyongolo ile malini ? , 1999 - 2019 = 30yrs , ma ngibona kahle imele ibe le us$900Mn , lama projects awentuthuko emapandleni , 300+ elawayenzayo , kumbe 10+ ngomnyaka , lemisebenzi edolobheni etc. Ungangitsheli ukuthi isikhwama kasila lutho S'ba ?....libangani kanti ?. Kumele lisipathe kahle , yinkampa enga ngeni ukulumende kumbe umbuso. Yimali yabantu...eye zibhehlela , izikholo , inhlupeko enje ngama cyclone lawa. etc. Kuyafana le Royal Trust Income , us$220Mn/year post tax.

    Nyongolo Trust - 18 March 2019


    DR - 19 March 2019

    DR. iwe nani, isu tinoida yamudhara wedu, Father Zimbabwe, we were sold a dummy by thuggery zanu in 1980, Nkomo should have led the country and it would have been a better place to live.

    Kufandada - 20 March 2019

    matakadya kare haagutse nhanha all these politicians are the same research about ZAPU violence when zanu broke away violence which was ochestrated by your father zim saka robert nkomo munhu 1 hence the hypothesis handidi statue kuno

    DR - 21 March 2019

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